Chris White, the producer behind a provocative four-minute anti-Obama video that aired on Fox News will keep his job at the network. The news comes just a day after CNN News retracted a job offer they offered White before the scandal.
The video, which aired twice on the morning show “Fox & Friends,” was widely criticized as as attack ad against Obama. In it, President Obama is depicted as a failed leader who has not delivered on his 2008 campaign theme of hope and change.
Fox’s executive vice president for programming, Bill Shine, said Friday that Chris White “will remain employed with Fox News.” White was credited with the video that aired Wednesday on “Fox & Friends,” a segment that was later disavowed by Fox management.
At the time, White had been discussing leaving Fox for CNN. But the day after the video aired, CNN said it would not be hiring him.
Media critics, even some conservative ones, suggested Fox had gone too far by airing an advocacy video during what is supposed to be a news program.
Comments from those who work in the industry speculate White was not fired because his superiors knew about the video and at the very least they allowed it to air a second time.